WASHINGTON — When the news broke that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Prince William are celebrating the birth of a royal baby boy, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives began reacting on Twitter, sending a range of well-wishes out to the royal couple, but also tweeting name suggestions and lamenting the debt each baby born in the United States incurs at birth.
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., was first to take to the popular social media tool to send congratulatory wishes to the royals.
“Congratulations to Will and Kate on the birth of their baby boy! #RoyalBaby,” @RepLoisCapss tweeted.
“It’s a boy! #RoyalBaby,” @RepAnnWagner, a Missouri Republican, exclaimed.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, implored the Prince and Duchess to name the baby boy after him: “Name suggestion to royal couple, ‘Steve,’ @SteveKingIA tweeted. “Just seems to fit a future king:-)”
And Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., pointed out that had the royal baby been born in the United States, he’d own a sizable chunk of the national debt, which stands at almost $16.9 trillion, right from birth.
“If the #RoyalBaby were born a US citizen, he’d inherit more than $53,340 in debt,” @RepGosar tweeted.
Here’s a collection of the tweets so far responding to the royal baby news:
Congratulations to Will and Kate on the birth of their baby boy! #RoyalBaby
— Lois Capps (@RepLoisCapps) July 22, 2013
#Royal baby boy 4 William & Kate! Every baby a joyous miracle. Name suggestion to royal couple, “Steve”. Just seems to fit a future king:-)
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 22, 2013
It’s a boy! #RoyalBaby
— Ann Wagner (@RepAnnWagner) July 22, 2013
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 22, 2013
Heartfelt congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! #RoyalBaby
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) July 22, 2013
Wishing Prince William and Duchess Kate much joy and happiness as Great Britain welcomes the newest member of the Royal Family. #RoyalBaby
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 22, 2013